Our customers often fall into one of three categories. The most popular is people looking for an all-in-one solution, in the form of an easy to assemble kit. If that describes you, please check out our article “How to Choose the Best Size Golf Simulator Enclosure”.
This article is for the creative DIYer who is planning to design a custom golf simulator in their own home or commercial facility. These talented DIY-ers usually fall into one of two remaining categories; (1) you are highly skilled and plan to build the room of your dreams to perfection or (2) you just want to get going and looks are not a high priority for you. This article is for both of you and will review step by step how to help you find the best size finished edge golf screen.
Before we get started, we have three golf impact screen materials to solve every need; Standard, Preferred and Premium. We recommend getting the biggest impact screen that will fit the space you have available as your main priority, for safety reasons. Secondarily match the aspect ratio of the projector if space allows.
Let’s break down the five biggest deciding factors:
- Room Space
- Buffer Space
- Actual Screen Dimensions
- Height and Accuracy of the Golfers
- Aspect Ratio
Deciding Factor #1: Room Space
How much space do you have available in your golf simulator room?
For the safety of both the golfer and the integrity of the screen, we recommend standing a minimum of 12-15 feet away from the screen. To decrease your risk of bounce back and greatly reduce the chances of getting hit with a golf ball do *not* stand closer than 10-11 feet away from the screen. Customers who stand closer will experience bounce back and increase the risk of injury. It is always best if you make safety a priority, making sure you have enough room to swing the club.
Start by taking measurements of the space where you plan to put the golf screen and account for anything that may interfere with your set up, such as; windows, doors, turf, pipes, soffits, garage door openers and rails, etc.
- What is the height floor to ceiling of your available space?
- What is the width left to right of your available space?
- What is the depth of the available space in front of and behind the golfer?
- A minimum of 90-inches in both height and width is recommended AND
- For safety reasons, if you are not using a full enclosure a minimum of 16-18 feet of depth is preferable OR if you are using an enclosure a minimum of 19-20 feet of depth is preferable
Deciding Factor #2: Buffer Space
How much buffer space will you need?
First things first, you will want to place your golf screen a minimum of 12-16 inches away from the wall behind the impact screen itself.
Additionally, it may also be important to account for some buffer space to avoid touching anything. There are an infinite number of ways to design your golf simulator, but generally speaking we recommend:
- Subtracting 4-inches from the height you have available
- Subtracting 4-inches from the width you have available (2 inches per side)
NOTE: This general guideline assumes you are using our 6” black ball bungees and hanging it from a 1-inch pipe. If you are using a different method, this guideline should get you close, but make sure your design will allow for fine tuning the fit of your screen. You will need to allow for some movement, never install it in a tight or ridge fashion.
Deciding Factor #3: Actual screen dimensions?
Now that you have mastered the first two deciding factors consult the product page specifications tab to confirm the actual screen dimensions. Please allow for slight variances as all screens are made by hand.
Deciding Factor #4: Height and Accuracy of the Golfers
If you will not be using a full enclosure you may skip this section regarding the depth.
For golfers with limited space, darker environment and predictable accuracy consider a shallower depth enclosure. Or for additional protection of your surroundings and to shade the screen from ambient light, creating a brighter image, consider a deeper enclosure. Again, make sure you have enough room to safely swing the club.
Deciding Factor #5: Aspect Ratio
What is aspect ratio?
We have an excellent article about aspect ratio here. In short, the 4:3 is often more common for golf simulators because it allows you to go taller, giving you more room to swing, without needing a wider room. While the 16:9 is great for 4K and HD images it also means you will need a minimum of 13.5 feet of available width.
You are now a sizing expert. Go forth and select a size with ease!